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Oxford Lane (3)



(For the first two articles on the Oxford Lane, see under 'Northamptonshire'.)

Having vanished into the fields of South Northants at Weedon Lois, the Oxford Lane reappears with a flourish at Oving Hill Farm (SP 704 194), and the one-kilometre stretch down to the A41 from there is as beautiful as an old drovers’ road can get.  It’s private land belonging to Colin Benford, the farmer, but he was kind enough to allow me to walk it.



The farm – once called the "Fellows Alehouse" on a map of 1743 (Fig.1) – seems to have been a collecting point for beasts.  The dark markings on the lane are probably fences to separate the droves.  And, as you can see from Fig.2, the width of the lane near the farm is 80 foot at least.



The next three photos are self-explanatory: English countryside at its best on a glorious summer’s day.



The Lane gets harder to follow south of the A41 because Wotton Underwood, seat of famous ex-politicians, gets in the way and won’t let you through.  But after that the Lane resumes its way south, (see Oxford Lane – 4).

Oxford Lane (3) image 1
1743 Map of Oving Hill and the O.L.
Oxford Lane (3) image 2
The Crossroads at Oving Hill
Oxford Lane (3) image 3
To the A41